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Is really Rafa "the freak from Mallorca" ?

fsoica
05-16-2009, 01:04 PM
Andre Agassi called Nadal "The freak from Mallorca" in an interview he and Steffi did at BBC recently.

Was it only a joke, a bad choice of words, or the guy (Andre) really meant it ?

Anyway, I think Andre really chose horribly his way to put into words Rafa's ability to contain Roger's game.
Will Rafa feel ok or not about this remark ?

The video (only the 3rd part - go to 3:50):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT4J8ZmQv1E&feature=related

Voo de Mar
05-16-2009, 01:17 PM
I don't think it's offensive.

vamosinator
05-16-2009, 01:27 PM
Agassi means freak in a complimentary physical specimen way, not a deformed way. He uses that kind of language like when Agassi said Berdych "serves out of a tree", he uses those kind of terms.

MisterQ
05-16-2009, 01:31 PM
Freak was originally an offensive or negative term, but it can be used as a compliment, almost as a joke. Agassi surely means that Nadal's abilities or physique are "beyond normal".

miura
05-16-2009, 01:41 PM
No-one in their right mind will interpret that as an insult aginst Rafael. Especially coming from Andre.

sirwilliam
05-16-2009, 02:04 PM
Trust me, English is my first language and it's totally fine, he meant it like "freak of nature" in a POSITIVE way. As if to say he's like an alien or superhuman, unique, etc. I'm sure someone will tell Nadal what he meant, if he ever hears about it at all.

willy

Andre Agassi called Nadal "The freak from Mallorca" in an interview he and Steffi did at BBC recently.

Was it only a joke, a bad choice of words, or the guy (Andre) really meant it ?

Anyway, I think Andre really chose horribly his way to put into words Rafa's ability to contain Roger's game.
Will Rafa feel ok or not about this remark ?

The video (only the 3rd part - go to 3:50):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT4J8ZmQv1E&feature=related

federernadalfan
05-16-2009, 02:10 PM
in mtf he is the "clay monster". is he really a monster?

MacTheKnife
05-16-2009, 02:19 PM
Trust me, English is my first language and it's totally fine, he meant it like "freak of nature" in a POSITIVE way. As if to say he's like an alien or superhuman, unique, etc. I'm sure someone will tell Nadal what he meant, if he ever hears about it at all.

willy

Exactly, one of the top football players from my college is known as "The Freak".. Jevon Kearse. It is a compliment from an American.

munZe konZa
05-16-2009, 02:20 PM
It's like calling him "special" , without giving context it can be complimentary or debilitating but you can guess in this case and where it comes from

habibko
05-16-2009, 02:24 PM
yes he is the freak from Mallorca.

Aenea
05-16-2009, 03:54 PM
Andre Agassi called Nadal "The freak from Mallorca" in an interview he and Steffi did at BBC recently.

Was it only a joke, a bad choice of words, or the guy (Andre) really meant it ?


Do you think the man who is tipping Nadal to win the calendar GS wants to insult him or to make a joke? I don't.

"When he first won in Paris and he came here and said it was awesome to win the French Open but his dream was to win in Wimbledon, people laughed and I was one of them," the American said a day before playing in an exhibition event to unveil the new roof over Wimbledon's Centre Court.

I never thought for a second his game could ever translate (on grass) but he calls his shot and he executes it and it wouldn't shock me to see him pull off the unthinkable.

The most difficult part of the season would be the transition from clay to grass in that sort of time frame (two weeks).

If you ever did well enough in Paris it was a pretty significant challenge to show up here feeling ready physically, emotionally or mentally.

So to see what Nadal managed to accomplish last year was part of what made it so special, watching that epic final (win over Roger Federer in five sets) that probably transcends any other match ever played."

The now-retired Agassi is one of only five men to have won all four majors during their career but his wins came in different years.

"I didn't think I'd ever see it (a calendar Grand Slam) just because it seems like the impossible (but)...this is the first time in a real long time we're going to have an opportunity to see somebody maybe pull that off."

"If Nadal retains Paris like he has done for the last number of years and comes here with the confidence to put together two good weeks, I think we could be looking at him in New York with a realistic opportunity of going on to achieve the unthinkable."


http://www.eurosport.yahoo.com/16052009/58/french-open-agassi-backs-nadal-grand-slam.html

FedFan_2007
05-16-2009, 08:44 PM
Remember Agassi once said about Sampras - "he looks like he came down from a tree". This is nothing new.

Henry Chinaski
05-16-2009, 08:49 PM
how about the minotaur of manacor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minotaur

anyone with photoshop skills should give this dude a racket, shorts and a headband

http://www.craigbrasco.com/blog/minotaur.jpg

fast_clay
05-16-2009, 09:09 PM
yes... replace the sword with a racquet.... but leave the gauntlet... that's cool...

Action Jackson
05-16-2009, 09:12 PM
This minatour's left arm is too small.

the graduate
05-17-2009, 12:30 AM
Rafa is a freak of nature but in a good way

prima donna
05-17-2009, 01:37 AM
Non-issue.

meihaditalab
05-17-2009, 03:11 AM
he prob meant the king by the freak.
I like agassi and i know he wouldn't make a dumb remark about the GOAT ;) ( or soon to be ) lol

L James
05-17-2009, 07:54 AM
Agassi means freak in a complimentary physical specimen way, not a deformed way. He uses that kind of language like when Agassi said Berdych "serves out of a tree", he uses those kind of terms.

Who is that in your avatar? :yeah: